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Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Grua Desk Lamp, Brass, Walnut, Quarry Handmade by Nomade Atelier
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
A clear homage to a construction crane's towering yet delicate balance, the Grua lamp emits warm diffuse lighting. Anchored by a block of quarry stone, a slender golden brass rod sur...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Stone, Brass

Impressive Bamboo Four-Panel Screen, Vivai del Sud, circa 1970, Italy
Located in Brussels, BE
Spectacular and rare vintage decorative bamboo four-panel screen, Vivai del Sud, circa 1970, Italy. Dimensions: 210 cm H, 4 cm D, 220 cm W open, each panel: 55 cm wide. Piece in good...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo

Extremely Rare, Philippe Pradalie 'Berceau Fleur', for 'Atelier A, 'Paris ,1970
By Philippe Pradalie, Atelier A, Atelier A
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Delightful 'Berceau Fleur' (flower cradle) by French artist Philippe Pradalie ,produced by artist collective,' Atelier A', Paris 1970 Pradalie's 'Berceau Fleur' cradle is one of t...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Plastic, Plywood

Sculptural form brass day bed by Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamento Borsani,circa 1958
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful and important sculpturakl form brass single bed or day bed circa 1958-1963 by Osvaldo Borsani for 'Arredamento Borsani', Varedo , Italy. The small series of Borsani b...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

21st Century Modern Florença Bed Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Florença Bed Upholstered Leather Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The elegant Florença bed is upholstered in beige, high...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Stainless Steel

Leather Bolster Pillow, Embroidered, in Camel — Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’—and the colle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Leather

Mario Dal Fabbro Child's Chair in Plywood
Located in New York, NY
Child's chair in Douglas Fir plywood based on a design by sculptor, craftsman, author and designer Mario Dal Fabbro and published in his 1963 book "How to Make Children's Furniture a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Plywood

Mid-Century Copper Globe Cigarette Holder c1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original Mid-Century Modern copper cigarette holder. The lid slides open on the globe's axis to reveal a metal interior designed to hold cigarettes. This piece has...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal, Copper

Tomaso Buzzi Pair of Nightstands in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tomaso Buzzi, nightstands, walnut, Italy, 1940s These two rare side tables or nightstands are both refined and elegant in every way. The brass detailing underneath the beautifully o...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Heywood Wakefield Mid Century Queen Headboard
Located in Countryside, IL
Heywood wakefield mid century queen headboard The headboard measures: 58 wide x 2 deep x 35 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage cond...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Leather Bolster Pillow, Braided, in Camel — Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’, and the coll...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Leather

Rosewood Campaign Style Night Stands, A Pair
Located in Garnerville, NY
A wonderful pair of highly figured Rosewood Campaign style two drawer end tables or night stands. Brass corner accents with recessed brass hardware pulls. Each has two deep drawers w...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Vintage Silver Jack Bookend Modern Pop Art George Nelson 1960s Design Line CA
Located in National City, CA
Bookend Vintage single silver Jack bookend accessory Modern Pop Art Style George Nelson 1960s No label, attributed to George Nelson Design Line California Measures: 4.5 tall x 5 ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Pair of Modernist Solid Marble Egg Shaped Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning pair of modernist solid marble egg shaped bookends, circa the 1980s. The pair has a sharp "Memphis Era" design, and are in very good vintage condition with no chips or crack...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble

Bamboo and Rattan Coat Rack in the Style of Franco Albini, France, 1970s
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful bamboo and rattan coat rack in the style of Franco Albini. This accent piece offers an organic elegance and would look fabulous in an entryway. Sourced in France, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo, Rattan

1970's Mirrored Accent Nightstands
Located in Doylestown, PA
Unique mirrored top and accented nightstands. Sleek design with two drawers. Stamped but unmarked. Nice vintage condition with beautiful wood grain. Drawers slide smoothly. Super pre...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Mirror, Wood

Osvaldo Borsani 'AT15', Revolving Coat Rack, for Tecno, 1961 Completely Original
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare, supremely elegant and innovative 'AT15' revolving panel coatrack designed in 1961 by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy. A sophisticated and refined fixture, perfect for a luxuri...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel, Nickel, Brass

Ultra Rare Heywood Wakefield Pair of Nightstands circa 1955 Mid-Century Modern
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare and signed Heywood Wakefield pair of nightstands date stamped 1955. Not your cookie cutter Heywood Wakefield. Iconic lines to die for.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Birch

Contemporary Solid Wood and Glass Italian Pair of Bedside Tables by L.A. Studio
Located in Madrid, ES
An elegant pair of bedside tables designed and produced by L.A Studio Interiorismo. Structure made of solid wood claded in white and gold glass with brass details. Composed of two dr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Thonet Vintage Bentwood Wall Mounting Coat, Hat Rack, Wardrobe Hook Austria
Located in Miami, FL
Fully restored Thonet Vintage Bentwood Wall Mounting Coat, Hat Rack, Wardrobe Hook Austria. Ready to install.
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1940s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bentwood, Cane

Borsani Style Pine Coat Rack
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Light weight standing Borsani style pine coat rack with outstretched arms and "Pac-man"-like hooks. In Original Condition with normal wear is consistent with its age and use.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Pine

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Pearl Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

The Natural House Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book featuring the concept for a natural house by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. By Frank Lloyd Wright, published in 1954. First edition, 223 pages. "...
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Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Valet Stand, Coat Rack, Ring Dish, Tie Hook, Bedroom, Custom, Gentleman, Lady
Located in Issaquah, WA
Hardwood valet stand with multiple shirt and jacket hangers, draping bar and personal accessories dish. Begin and end each day with a ritual that will not only bring joy to your sign...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Laska Nightstand, Figured and Ebonized Walnut, Two Drawers, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Laska Nightstand is built in our Brooklyn studio using premium hardwoods and thoughtfully selected wood veneers. This piece features custom veneered panels framed flush with soli...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3530-3
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Large Vintage Wooden Child's Toy Truck
Located in Porto, PT
Large vintage wooden child's toy truck in a wonderful original condition.
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1960s Portuguese Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Rubber, Wood

Umbrella Stand designed by Mathieu Mategot, France, 1950's
Located in Vienna, Austria
An umbrella stand designed and produced by Mathieu Mategot from the 1950's. The stand uses Mategot s own technique of combining metal tubes or rods with perforated metal sheet. ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Rare Mexican Mid Century Modern Woven Screen Divider
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Superb vintage folding screen divider made in Mexico in the 1950s. Solid hardwood frame with intricately woven panels that combine beautifully in both form and texture. The base of t...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Hardwood

Piero Fornesetti Trompe l'oeil Floral Umbrella Stand
Located in Stamford, CT
Wonderfully designed 'Cesto di Dalie' ( Basket of Dahlias) umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950s. The metal umbrella stand displaying a Trompe l'oeil of a floor wicker bask...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Metal

Johnson Furniture Full or Queen Size Sleigh Headboard, circa 1970s
Located in Germantown, MD
Beautiful Johnson Furniture size Sleigh headboard. Panelized solid wood with very fine and discreet carvings. Circa 1970s. Pre-made to fit queen size or full size bed frame. Measur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Henredon Scene Three Mid Century Walnut and Brass Ebonized Headboard
Located in Countryside, IL
Henredon scene three mid century walnut and brass ebonized headboard This headboard measures: 64 wide x 19 deep x 28 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Set of Vintage Cast Brass Sculpture of Eagle Head Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of vintage Mid-Century Modern cast metal brass patriotic bald eagle head sculpture bookends. Pair of solid polished brass eagle heads that have a wonderful Early American class ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Mid-Century Industrial Aluminum Umbrella Stand Holder
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Mid-Century modernist aluminum umbrella stand, holder. Industrial Machine Age design with large double round shape and removable inserts. No visible maker's mark. Measuremen...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal, Aluminum

Italian Burled Wood Magazine Stand
Located in Austin, TX
Magazine stand made of burled walnut and gilt brass in the manner of Willy Rizzo. This piece is in the shape of a hand bag with two brass handles.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Italian Brass and Glass Magazine Rack Inspired by Gio Ponti
Located in Houston, TX
Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti style faux bamboo brass or bronze and smoked glass magazine rack or magazine holder, circa 1940.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack by Sergio Asti, Marble and Steel, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern magazine rack by Sergio Asti, Marble and Steel, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble, Steel

Andre Sornay 1940s Oak Hat & Coat Rack
Located in London, GB
An Andre Sornay modernist oak coat & hat stand A beautifully simple 1940s Andre Sornay wall mounted hat & coat stand. Designed of juxtaposed geometric forms, centred around five u...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Oak

Carl Auböck Model #4500 'Lucky Pig' Brass Figurine Keyring
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4500 'Lucky Pig' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3808 Black Leather and Brass Magazine Rack
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3642 black leather and brass table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural magazine rack is executed in beautifully grained black cowhide lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3653 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is per ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Danish Bookends 1960s Set of 2
Located in Asaa, DK
Mid-Century Modern Danish book ends 1960s set of 2. Pair of solid hardwood book holders with metal feet. Stamped with golden Wejra logo. Cleaned and polished. Ready to support.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Hardwood

Bamboo & Rattan French Riviera Coffee Table with Magazine Rack, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern coffee table or stool with magazine rack, perfect in any entry hallway as well as next to a sofa or in any bathroom. Beauty of the woven materials is timeless and ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Carl Auböck II Patinated Brass Hooks 7 Pieces Available, Austria 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Patinated brass hooks 7 pieces available, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Straw Magazine Rack with Metal Structure, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern straw magazine rack with metal structure, 1970s Magazine rack with wrought iron and straw structure. Good condition, defects in some places. Measure...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Sculptural Chrome Jack / Jax Bookend / Paperweight in the Style of Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid chrome sculptural chrome jack / jax bookend, door stop or paperweight the style of Bill Curry for Design Line, circa 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition and measures ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Chrome

Carl Auböck Model #3651 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3651 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is per ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Wooden Coat Rack, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian wooden coat rack, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

United Furniture Mid Century Brutalist Nightstand
Located in Countryside, IL
United Furniture mid century brutalist nightstand This nightstand measures: 27 wide x 17 deep x 25.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vin...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Umbrella Stand, 1960s, Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine umbrella stand from the 1960s in white lacquered steel, attributed to Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini. Good original condition with some loss to the original paint.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Steel

Red Sculptural Tubular Steel and Wood Mid-Century Modern Children Chair, 1950's
Located in Den Haag, NL
Red Sculptural Tubular steel and Wood Mid-Century Modern Children chair, 1950's With lovely Patina and wear.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Steel

Carl Auböck Model #5663 'Shell' Brass Figurine Keyring
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #5663 'Shell' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is per it...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Pair of Magazine Tables by Mathieu Mategot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of magazine tables by Mathieu Mategot, Java model, circa 1955. Black lacquered rigitulle top, bordered by a square section gallery, black lacquered tubular base, brass shoes. Ca...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Metal

Vintage Large Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This bookend is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any decor...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Italian Mid-Century Modern Wooden Magazine Rack
Located in Brussels, BE
Italian Mid-Century Modern wooden Magazine Rack.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Wood

1950s Newspaper Rack Holland
Located in Den Haag, NL
Metal newspaper rack. Hand painted flowers on the front. 1950s Holland.
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Midcentury Italian Carved Walnut Wood and Leather Foldable 3-Step Library Ladder
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian carved walnut wood foldable step ladder with three stairs with great twisted turned legs. Each step is upholstered with the original red leather decorated with gold...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Leather

Vintage Pair John Stuart Burl Wood Night Stands Chests Credenza Drawers
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage pair of oversized night stands, chests, drawers, credenzas by John Stuart, burl wood. John Stuart labels are shown in picture. One cabinet has 3 drawers, the other has a shel...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Burl

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